l. Take your AIRLINE TICKET AND PASSPORT WITH YOU, when you leave home for the airport. (Do not pack these items in your suitcase!). Keep your passport with you at all times, you will need it at each airport, and for registration at hotels in Ukraine. A traveler’s Neck Security Pouch is an excellent way to carry your passport and money while you are traveling. The Neck Security Pouch can be purchased at Wal-Mart or other stores. For safety purposes make a copy your passport information page and carry a copy with you on the tour in a place separate from your passport.
2. Wear comfortable clothes for your flight. Layered clothing is recommended for the entire trip.
3. Take about $500 in American money, preferably new bills, in denominations of $20, $50, or $100 bills. Cash machines (if available) are an excellent way to get foreign money abroad. If you want more money on your trip bring a major credit card, and an ATM debit card. By using an ATM debit card, you always receive the current exchange rate, and you get local currency. In order to do this, you need to set up an ATM account at your local bank or credit union. Note: Do not bring Traveler’s Checks.
4. Each person is allowed to bring $400 worth of purchased items into the USA when they return. Keep an accurate record of all the purchases you make. Remember to save your receipts when you exchange money, or when you make purchases abroad.
5. Attach NAME/ADDRESS TAGS to your luggage. Each person is allowed one carry-on that will fit under the seat, or overhead on the plane. Your medicines should be in your carry-on. Luggage with wheels is most convenient. Plan to travel with the least amount of luggage you can carry by yourself, and mark it with a ribbon for easy identification. We will be stacking the luggage in limited space on the back of the van or bus as we travel in Ukraine, so a 22” suitcase with an expandable zip-out and wheels is recommended. Don’t bring any more luggage than YOU want to carry by yourself.
6. Some things you may want to take with you on your trip:
b. Collapsible umbrella/jacket, raincoat, or poncho.
c. Travel alarm, blow dryer, curling iron, electric razor, and an electric outlet wall plug adaptor kit (220 volt) so you have the proper wall plug adaptor for each country.
d. Sunglasses and extra pair of glasses if you have them.
e. Good walking shoes, shirts, socks, and shoes. Sweater for dinner, church, or theater.
g. Plan to take enough cash for tips to interpreters, bus drivers, and tour guides.
h. Aspirin, Bufferin, or Ibuprofin, band aids, and first aid ointment for scratches.
7. Bottled water will be furnished to you in Ukraine, but there may be times when you want to purchase additional water for drinking, for brushing your teeth or for taking your medications.
8. Other Medications for traveling:
For ‘Traveler’s Diarrhea’ Imodium or Imodium A-D will be most effective.
a. If you have concerns about infections, ask your doctor about any prescription medications you may want to take along.
b. Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Check with your doctor for a sleeping pill or over-the-counter sleeping aid compatible with any other medications you may be taking.
9. Medical insurance is required: Check with your health insurance provider regarding your policy when traveling in foreign countries. Medicare doesn’t cover health care outside the USA. If you are on Medicare and have a Medicare supplementary insurance policy, make sure it covers foreign travel. When you are planning your trip, call your insurance agent for advice on what to do if you have a medical problem when traveling abroad.
10. All the hotels in Ukraine offer no choice between non-smoking and smoking rooms.
11. It is recommended that you leave a photocopy of your passport, credit cards, and telephone numbers of hotels with someone at home, so they know where you may be reached in an emergency. It is also prudent to carry copies of these documents with you when you travel.
12. Reminder: Check with your travel agent or your airline for the latest carry on and checked luggage regulations.